There were poignant scenes at the home of Sheffield Wednesday as fans paid tribute to murdered Simon Holdsworth.
A floral wreath dressed in the blue and white of his beloved team’s colours was placed in the seat in the North Stand at Hillsborough where devoted Owl Simon should have been for Saturday’s match against Bournemouth.
Supporters and players bowed their heads in a solemn silence just before kick-off, followed by a minute’s applause as the game entered the 36th minute - the age the season ticket holder was when he was brutally murdered on his way from work a week ago.
Police are continuing to hunt for his killer.
Simon got off the number 120 bus in Hackenthorpe just after 11pm last Monday for what should have been a short walk home. Instead his body was discovered on a field near Birley Spa Lane the following morning.
Tributes have continued to pour in for the paint sprayer, who died from head injuries. Police believe a blunt instrument was used as the murder weapon.
Colleagues at FBS Prestige in Intake say Simon was in high spirits as he left work on what would be his last ever shift.
Manager Paul Essex said: “The entire workforce is absolutely devastated by what has happened. He’d worked here for 16 years and was one of life’s grafters.
“He’d been working extra hours to save up for his wedding, which he was really excited about. Simon was in a bubbly and cheerful mood, as he’d just booked time off work for his wedding and honeymoon.”
Simon was due to marry fiancee Carleen McKeown, 30, next August.
Anyone with information about the murder should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.